The personal representative (also known as the “executor” or “executrix”, or the “administrator” or “administratix” in other states) is appointed as part of the probate proceeding and has the responsibility for managing the estate through the proceeding, making a list of all the assets and debts of the estate and seeking to carry out the directives of the will. The probate court oversees the activities of the personal representative, and requires that she or he obtain prior permission of the court before certain actions may be taken, such as selling real estate or business interests owned by the estate